Partnership working benefits patients

People with a learning disability in North Lincolnshire are set to benefit from enhanced partnership working by the people who provide the health and social care that helps them live safely in the community.

The North Lincolnshire Integrated Health and Social Care Learning Disability Team includes social workers, learning disability nurses and support workers, as well as a psychiatrist, psychologist, physiotherapist and speech and language therapist. They are employed by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and North Lincolnshire Council.

North Lincolnshire Integrated Health and Social Care Learning Disability Team at their Ironstone Centre base.

North Lincolnshire Integrated Health and Social Care Learning Disability Team at their Ironstone Centre base.

After being split around a variety of offices and locations, the full team has joined together and is now based in one office at the Ironstone Centre in Scunthorpe town centre.

Community Team Manager Alison Carter said: “This is a really positive step for us and we’re delighted to be working together at our new base.

“We’re now able to communicate face to face with each other, instead of by phone and email, which allows us to get things done more quickly.

“We have all the right people in the right place to support people living with a learning disability to live as independently as possible and maintain their health and wellbeing. This means they have a more positive experience of using our service.”

For more information about the Integrated Health and Social Care Learning Disability Team, please phone (01724) 298222, or visit www.rdash.nhs.uk